DIY Cold Remedy: Garlic and Onion Porridge

by Sean Honea L.Ac

DIY Cold Remedy 


Garlic and Onion Porridge Recipe

As the weather gets colder concerns over cold, coughs and other Upper Respiratory ailments are coming up more in the clinic.

Here is a simple cold remedy from Chinese Herbology:


  • 1/4 cup of white rice (or any grain that digests easily) 
  • a couple cloves of garlic 
  • 1 onion (white / yellow / purple)
  • 4-6 cups of water


  1. Remove peel and smash / chop garlic finely, put aside to rest (at least 5 minutes)
  2. Remove peel and chop onion coarsely, put aside to rest (at least 5 minutes)
  3. Rinse and drain rice and place in stove top safe pot
  4. Add 4 to 6 cups of water to rice pot and bring to boil
  5. Once boil reached, add in garlic and onions and lower heat to a simmer and cover
  6. Simmer covered for about 30 minutes or longer depending on the consistency you prefer. 

Makes two small portions or one 1 large one. 

You can also place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let cook for several hours. 


Smashing and chopping the garlic and onion releases natural immune boosting qualities found in Alliums as referenced by the NY Times.  The rice porridge also known as congee will help you digest these ingredients better.  Enjoy at the first signs of fatigue / malaise. 

Be well.


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